Business Review Weekly released its annual highest earners list for the year earlier this week and NBA player Andrew Bogut and Formula 1 driver Mark Webber found themselves as the highest paid athletes in Australian sports.
The oft injured Bogut of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors has yet to make much of an impact during the still young 2012-13 season, playing just four games after struggling to make it back from offseason ankle surgery. Despite having just played 16 games in the past two seasons, Bogut is Australia’s top paid athlete earning $13.5 million per year.
Second the list is Mark Webber- the Red Bull teammate of recent F1 champion Sebastian Vettel. Webber made $12 million last year while golfer Adam Scott rounded out the top three with an income of $10.5 million.
Other notable names include now retired Moto GP champ Casey Stoner (4th, $8 million) Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke (5th, $5.5 million), Dynamo Moscow’s Luke Wilkshire (6th, $5 million) and 2011 Tour de France champion Cadel Evans (7th, $4 million).
World No.9 women’s tennis player Sam Stosur came in at just number 20 ($2.5 million), but the former US Open champion didn’t have her best year, while just a handful of AFL and no NRL players made the top 50.
Gary Ablett, Chris Judd, Tom Scully and Israel Folau were the 2012 AFL players to make the list, however both codes appear to have arguments to offer for an increased salary cap after analysing the numbers from BRW’s new 50.
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